Beyond The Lens: Queer, Nonbinary, and Trans Liberation, Resistance, and Community

Mark Seliger, Olivia Slaughter, Jaypix Belmer, Ally Schmaling, Hakeem Adewumi, and Giselle Byrd

Thursday, June 13, 2024
7 pm
Calderwood Hall

Photographs in the Gardner Museum’s summer exhibitions center and celebrate queer, non-binary and trans people in New York and Boston and the neighborhoods they call home. Join us on the evening of the public exhibition opening for a conversation with exhibiting artists Mark Seliger, Olivia Slaughter, Jaypix Belmer, Ally Schmaling, and Hakeem Adewumi, moderated by Giselle Byrd, Executive Director of The Theater Offensive.  

Hear artists share more about their work and creative practices, exploring stories of people on either side of the camera. Artists on this panel will discuss how they take photographs authentically and with humanity, resisting fetishization, and using photography as a tool to amplify queer, nonbinary, and trans visibility, beauty, survival, resistance, and community. This panel kicks off a summer of programming organized in collaboration with the Gardner Museum and The Theater Offensive.

About the Speakers


Advanced tickets are required and include Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, free for members and children 17 and under. 

Seating in Calderwood Hall is first come, first served. Seating begins 45 minutes before the event. Late seating is not guaranteed. 

To request accessible or wheelchair seating please call the box office at 617 278 5156.

On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits by Mark Seliger was organized by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 

Support for the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as for Portraits From Boston, With Love and Hakeem Adewumi: Possession of A Recalcitrant Dream, 2024 is provided by the Barr Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Barbara Lee Program Fund and the Henry Luce Foundation. 

The Artist-in-Residence program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art. Funding is also provided for site-specific installations of new work on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade on Evans Way.  

The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.